The news travels swiftly through the tunnels of the ant world. A marvelous crystal has been discovered in a faraway place. The queen of the ant colony declares that the crystal is the most delicious substance she has ever eaten.Eager to please their queen, a group of ants sets out to bring back all the crystals they can carry. But two of the ants are overwhelmed by the treasure they find in the alien world of crystals. When their fellow ants return, they stay behind. And so begins the terrible ordeal. Danger lies on every side. Are the crystals worth such a risk?Every reader's view of the household kitchen will be turned inside out. Only Chris Van Allsburg could create such a strange and satisfying tale of choices that must be faced, their inevitable consequences, and the final discovery of life's real treasures.
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